Do you ever get confused between internal verification and internal moderation? As a training provider, it’s important to understand the distinction between these quality assurance activities.
While internal verification and internal moderation both aim to ensure high standards, they have different functions within the assessment process. Knowing when each should be used allows organizations to comply with regulatory requirements.
Learning the key differences between internal verification and internal moderation will help training providers like yourself design robust yet compliant internal quality assurance systems.
Keep reading to discover what sets internal verification apart from internal moderation and how applying each correctly can benefit your training organization.
Internal verification is the review of assessment processes and decisions to ensure they are valid, reliable, fair, and consistent. It involves checking that:
- Assessment criteria are fully understood by assessors
- Evidence provided by learners is sufficient for the level studied
- Judgements made by assessors regarding learner competency are sound
The internal verifier will sample assessments across all assessors. They provide feedback to assessors and may require remedial action if standards are not met.
- Approving assessment materials
- Monitoring assessment plans
- Sampling learner assessments
- Observation of assessments
- Standardisation activities
- Maintaining records
Internal verification ensures assessments align with awarding body criteria so qualifications are awarded properly. It maintains the quality, consistency, and fairness of assessment decisions.
In contrast, internal moderation is the internal review of marked learner assignments and evidence. It often follows internal verification in the assessment cycle.
The internal moderator will review a sample of assessed work to check that:
- Marking is consistent across assessors
- Feedback given to learners is helpful for improvement
- Grades awarded are a fair reflection of learner achievement
- Reasons for decisions are clear
- Moderating a sample of learner evidence
- Verifying grades and feedback
- Ensuring standards over time are consistent
- Identifying assessor development needs
This quality assures the assessment judgement and feedback so learners receive valid results. It prevents drift in assessment practice or criteria application.
Here is a table comparing internal verification vs internal moderation:
|IV (Internal Verifier)
|IM (Internal Moderator)
|Confirm assessment procedures followed
|Check consistency of assessment decisions
|Verify assessor practices pre-assessment
|Modify assessor judgements post-assessment
|Assessment planning, preparation, execution
|Interpretation of standards, grading
|Validate assessment process compliance
|Standardize assessment decisions across learners
|Audit documents, observe assessments etc.
|Review samples of student work
|Provide assessors feedback to improve skills
|Ensure grades are aligned and adjusted if required
|Prior to finalizing assessment outcome
|After assessment outcomes are determined
|Assessor capability and competence
|Comparability and calibration of assessment decisions
|Robustness of assessment methodology
|Fairness and reliability of grading
In summary, internal verification checks the assessment system before outcomes, while internal moderation checks judgments after outcomes to enable standardization.
- Checks the assessment process is valid before use
- Maintains assessment quality and consistency
- Occurs after assessments take place
- Focuses on the assessment judgment and standard
So internal verification validates the assessment, while internal moderation evaluates the assessment decision. This distinction is important for regulated sectors to implement quality assurance effectively according to regulatory guidelines.
In summary, internal verification looks at the assessment process, while internal moderation evaluates assessment decisions and judgments. By understanding this key difference, training providers can design quality assurance systems that meet sector standards and safeguard the quality of learning.
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